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There are 502 species of spiders recognized in the country with 256 endemics. This includes 6 species of Tiger Spiders belonging to the genus Poecilotheria commonly referred to as Tarantulas. A new species of Tiger Spider Poecilotheria rajaei was discovered from Mankulam, in northern Sri Lanka in 2012.


  • Resource Inventory of Wilpattu National Park - Final Report By The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Sri Lanka, December 2006
  • Study of the Distribution of the Genus Poecilotheria of the family Theraphosidae in Sr Lanka, 2005 by V.A.M.P.K Samarawickrama, M.D.B.G. Janananda, K.B.Ranawana and Andrew Smith